Football’s a funny old game.
Brendan Rodgers was castigated for using ‘central midfielder’ Emre Can at right-back last season, but World Cup winning Germany boss Joachim Low has decided to do the same during the international break.
And Can has proven him right, helping Germany first beat Poland and then Scotland at Hampden Park last night. Our versatile 21-year-old proved a constant menace up the right flank, saw plenty of the ball and played a part in his country’s second and third goals – first when Thomas Muller nodded in from his saved shot, and secondly by threading Muller through who assisted Ilkay Gundogan.
He showed he definitely has the attributes for the role in an offensive sense, but although the Scots scored twice, he was rarely troubled defensively.
Can is a sure starter against Manchester United at the weekend, but with Nathaniel Clyne nailing down the right-back spot – we can expect to see him centrally.